- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Quill (December 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688137865
- ISBN-13: 978-0688137861
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 615 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion Paperback – December, 1994
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About the Author
George J. Thompson, Ph.D., is a former English professor and a black bet master of karate. He created and crash-tested verbal judo when he was a police officer on an urban beat. He is now a popular lecturer and lives -in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jerry B. Jenkins was most recently the co-author of Miracle Mon. The Nolan Ryan Story.
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Sir, much like many law enforcement professionals, you’ve fallen victim to your own ego. I’m confident you read these reviews so I wanted to give you some helpful feedback.
You start the book with your qualifications and generally badassery. This is ok and expected. As a reader, I appreciate your qualifications.
Yet, as the book goes on you simply overdue it. Chapter after chapter you recite your: education, martial arts expertise and physical prowess. My god man! We get it!
As a reader, I’m skipping over these sections constantly. I think, ok, he is that guy in law enforcement (we all know that guy). It takes away from the gem of a book you have created.
To reiterate, we get it man! You’re Chuck Norris times two. You created Giraffes by uppercutting a horse. You can hear sign language. You are so bad ass, you make onions cry. You don’t shake hands, you make them tremble. You play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun and win!
For the love of all that is holy, please have a serving of humble pie! Whew....rant over. Excuse my candor.
Hopefully this sufficiently illustrates my point. One smart ass cop to another. Otherwise, this is a great book. Godspeed.
I had two small annoyances with the book. First, the first few chapters are a sales pitch for why you should read the book. Spoiler alert: I already bought the book; no need to sell it to me. Second, the book can be a bit more repetitive than I like. I understand that the author is driving home a point but it seems that, sometimes, he goes too far.
Overall, I'd use it again as reference and recommend it to others (it went to my personal library at work and was immediately borrowed). Worth your time.
Thoughts on this book:
Fun stories paired with great advice.
It's like taking a class, and is best read with a notebook on the side.
I have improved personally from reading this book.
Want to learn how to speak better.
You have a open mind.
Willing to re-read several times.
Do not read if:
You do not like repetition.
It is also helpful to realize on page 203 that removing your own personal ego while you are at work but instead to master your policies (p. 122 & 130). That while at work, it isn't about me but it is about me representing the company according to the policies.
My own conundrum is not completely solved by this book.
But it is helpful to remember to consider the other person's perspective.
I have listened to it on text to speech on my kindle a few times but would still find it valuable to revisit again in the future.
He gives good examples and clear instructions to improve conflict communication.